Lord God I join with people around the world worshipping you today. Bless everyone who turns to you for help, support, guidance or comfort. Let them hear Jesus saying, “Come unto me, all you who labour and are heavy laden. I will give you rest”. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN
Lord, make me easy to work with today. Help me so to do my work that I don’t make it harder for others. Grant that I may not shirk, slack or dodge responsibility. Show me how to appreciate what others do, and the struggles they have. Let me give it my best shot all day. In Christ. AMEN
Lord, control my thoughts today. If I feel I am getting angry, help me to restrain myself. If I feel envious of others, make me thankful for what I have and who I am. If I am tempted to do wrong, hold my impulses in check. Direct me to be positive and creative. In Christ I ask it. AMEN
“I will fight against whoever fights you, and I will rescue your children”.
Isa 49:25 GNB
One of the most profound statements made in the last century was when the psychiatrist, Scott Peck said, “Life is difficult” (M.S Peck, The Road Less Travelled, p13). When you accept that, then it isn’t quite so difficult. Life is not only difficult for individuals, it is also difficult for nations. When one national problem gets solved another one arises.
That’s how it was for the ancient Israelites. When the Babylonians conquered them and carried most of them off to Babylonia as captives and slaves even their faith in God was a problem. It took huge courage and vision on the part of Isaiah to get them to see anything but doom and gloom. God took hold of the prophet and enabled him to rally the dispirited people. Though they were beaten, their God wasn’t. In fact, he was still very much “up for the fight”. It was a massive leap of faith on Isaiah’s part to perceive that God was still a warrior-God and that he would still fight for them against their enemies. We don’t think like that any more about God. But when there is a war on we pray to God to help us – and that is pretty much the same thing. But God was willing to fight for his children – because he loved them. This great truth came shining through their calamities – God still loved them. His ultimate purpose was their wholeness and salvation.
It is still his purpose, only we know now that not just one nation but the whole world is the object of his love. His ultimate purpose is the whole world under his sway, his mercy and his glory.
Lord, rescue us from danger, from evil and from sin.
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